Your daily San Francisco 49ers links for Wednesday, June 23, 2021
The dog days of summer, where Kittle talks Tebow and people are up in arms about a Tom Brady one-liner. Football soon, please.
“If I can’t invite every tight end, how do I not invite a second- or third-string guy on a team that’s been playing tight end since he was 18 years old in high school?” Kittle said. “Nothing against Tim Tebow. I hope that he has incredible success this year. I hope he has 10 touchdowns. I hope he has a great year, but it’s hard for me to invite someone to this that just started playing the position when I can’t invite a guy that’s been playing it for eight to 10 years. That’s just hard for me.”
Steph: Elijah Mitchell will play more snaps than Trey Sermon
After getting a first look at Mitchell in OTAs, Matt Maiocco had glowing reviews for the former Louisiana running back. Maiocco noted Mitchell’s “effortless” abilities as a pass catcher, and can envision him in a third-down role. While Mitchell’s speedy skillset closer resembles Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr was the team’s most reliable pass catcher out of the backfield. With Wilson now out of the picture, it makes sense for Mitchell to get plenty of opportunity and excel.
Garoppolo has been with the 49ers since 2017, but this is only his second full healthy offseason program, and it’s it’s clear he doesn’t intend to roll over and allow Lance to unseat him without a fight.
In fact, Garoppolo is doing his best to ignore the potential for a looming quarterback controversy. He’s focusing on things he needs to do, not least of which is finding a way to stay healthy after missing 23 games over the past three seasons.
Shanahan doesn’t intend to rush Lance but has said that if the rookie catches up and looks capable enough to turn it into a competition, that’s something he will allow to happen organically.
As for the bond between the rookie and veteran, it’s so far so good, though the real test won’t come until the heat turns up later this summer.
Packers likely didn’t want to create a 49ers ‘superpower’ in the NFC
Rodgers’ falling out with Gutekunst and the Packers front office is well-documented. Green Bay’s first-round draft selection of Utah quarterback Jordan Love apparently didn’t follow a phone call to Rodgers, and the lack of offensive weaponry grabbed to support Rodgers has also reportedly created friction.
As such, Rodgers wants out and could easily sit out all the way through training camp and potentially into the regular season.
“The three-time Pro-Bowl selection is a dynamic pass-rusher when healthy, but the 49ers are unlikely to shell out more than the veteran salary exception given their low-cap situation,” Schrock wrote. ”Ingram likely still is looking for more money than that, but his situation obviously is one to keep an eye on.”